Facebook scam: 2012 DOOMSDAY CONFIRMED: NASA WARNS BE PREPARED!!

Facebook scam: 2012 DOOMSDAY CONFIRMED: NASA WARNS BE PREPARED!!

Summary: Scammers are once again trying to pique Facebook users' curiosity with claims of a video that doesn't exist. The world is not ending in 2012, and NASA has not released a video saying it will.

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Facebook scammers are once again trying to take advantage of gullible users who want to see a sensational video. This time it's NASA that is claiming the world will end in 2012. There is no video. Don't click it, don't Like it, and don't Share it.

This particular scam says something along the lines of "2012 DOOMSDAY CONFIRMED: NASA WARNS BE PREPARED!!" followed by a fraudulent link. Sometimes it has the words "Know what to expect after seeing this leaked" tacked on to the beginning. It also has the following description: "Leaked NASA video, warns public of upcoming 2012 DOOMSDAY!" Another version says "2012 Doomsday Confirmed Nasa Warns Be Prepared, Schematic illustration of the Earth’s magnetic field."

The link takes you to what appears to be a video embedded on what looks like a Facebook webpage. Both are fake. The scammers' goal is to drive more traffic towards certain sites. This is how the scammer earns his or her money: a commission for every survey completed, every product purchased, and/or every account compromised. You're also told to share the link with all of your Facebook friends, as well as add a comment. The next webpage urges you to sign up for a premium rate mobile phone service, complete an online survey, and/or buy some pills. Last but not least, they also use the scams to spread malware and obtain personal information.

As a general word of caution, don't click on everything your Facebook friends share on the social network. If you see a scam like this one, report it. Then go check your Messages and Wall to make sure you're not spreading the scam; the sooner you clean it up, Unlike all relevant Pages, and uninstall all relevant Apps, the better. You can also contact Facebook Security if you'd like to.

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Topics: Security, Social Enterprise

Emil Protalinski

About Emil Protalinski

Emil is a freelance journalist writing for CNET and ZDNet. Over the years,
he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars
Technica, Neowin, and TechSpot.

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  • Facebook Scam@@

    Facebook scams or any other kinds, I think everybody should check Scam Detector, an app that Apple released recently. They have hundreds and hundreds of scams exposed, in several industries. For those interested, the app has an online presence as well: www.scam-detector.com
    gopaldas17
  • Bend over at the waist...

    Be prepared? What, pack up two tons of canned goods and bottled water to hold you over while the Earth careens through space into the Sun?
    Robert Hahn
  • Have been Doubting the Existence of Doomsday Realities

    I had my doubts and certainly this article adds to my belief that it is all spam and fake. I am regularly reading the doomsday news at Just2012.com which promises that it would never give you the doomsday news which is dubious. There are other debunkers which have been opposing all these doomsday theories. But there is no way to stop people like Camping who come and cash on theme.
    swatiwrite